The second book in this riveting and mysterious six-book series is as action-packed as the first one, culminating in a faceoff between Ben, Jill, and Lyman. “After five bells sound, time to sit down” makes for a good riddle, but Ben and Jill also knows when it’s time to stand up…for Oakes School and for themselves.
- Atheneum Books for Young Readers |
- 224 pages |
- ISBN 9781416938873 |
- January 2011 |
- Grades 2 - 5 |
- Lexile ® 800L
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Reading Group Guide
Fear Itself by Andrew Clements
Reading and Discussion Guide
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The information, discussion questions, and activities that follow are intended to enhance your reading of Fear Itself. Please adapt these materials to suit your needs and interests.
1. Why is Ben a “local hero” at the beginning of the story? How does Ben feel about the attention he is getting for his heroic act? How does this experience impact his plan to “be invisible”? Why does Ben want to be invisible at the start of the story?
2. Who was Captain Duncan Oakes? What conclusions does Ben reach about Captain Oakes in the opening chapters of the story? What role do janitors play in the captain’s plan? How does this relate to the history of the school building?
3. What does Mrs. Sinclair accuse Ben of stealing? Though he did not steal it, why is this object important to Ben? Who does Ben discover is the real thief? Why does this realization frighten him?
4. Describe Ben and Jill’s friendship at the beginning of the story. In what way does Jill’s behavior confuse Ben? On what extra credit project are Ben and Jill working and how does this help them gain access to the school? see more